While writing The Spirit of Prophecy, I found I had the need to do some research on a few Old Testament Hebrew words.
That research sparked a curiosity regarding the Hebrew language. Is it possible that Hebrew was once the universal language, before Babel?
What about modern Hebrew? Modern Hebrew is the result of a fulfilment of biblical prophecies, after all, and it is based on Old Testament Hebrew, though like any living language it has changed, and new words have been added with the advent of modern technology.
I did some searching and started on a free course called Foundation Stone. Unfortunately Foundation Stone is based on Ashkenazi Hebrew which appears to have had a substantial European influence. Sephardic Hebrew would be preferrable.
This week I discovered that the United States Foreign Service Institute has a free version of their Hebrew program available as a free download online. This is the course that American diplomats took before going to work in Israel. The course is somewhat dated, being produced in 1965, but the language hasn’t changed that much. The modern version of this course costs $200.00!
I noticed the audio sounds a bit fuzzy at times. I have been cleaning it up with Audacity, a free audio editing software package.
I have downloaded it and it looks promising. It will take some time, however, and time is one thing I don’t seem to have much of these days. I’ll periodically post reports of my progress.